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NCJ Number: 51671 Find in a Library
Title: BUREAUCRATIC INSURGENCY - THE CASE OF POLICE UNIONS
Author(s): M LEVI
Corporate Author: Lexington Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 171
Sponsoring Agency: Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
National Science Foundation
Washington, DC 20550
Grant Number: GI38004
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICE UNIONISM IS EXAMINED IN ORDER TO ACCOUNT FOR THE INCREASE IN MILITANCY AMONG LOCAL SERVICE BUREAUCRATS. CASE STUDIES OF POLICE EMPLOYEE EFFORTS TO ORGANIZE IN THREE U.S. CITIES ARE INCLUDED.
Abstract: AN OVERVIEW OF RECENT TRENDS IN PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONIZATION IS FOLLOWED BY A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE REASONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND STREET-LEVEL BUREAUCRATS BECOMING UNION INSURGENTS AND THE KINDS OF RESPONSES THEIR MILITANCY EVOKES FROM MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGERS. TO ACCOUNT FOR WHY CITY WORKERS FAIL OR SUCCEED IN THEIR UNION INSURGENCY, WHY THEY ARE SOMETIMES QUIESCENT AND SOMETIMES MILITANT, AND WHY UNLIKELY MILITANTS ENGAGE IN STRIKES AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, FOUR CASE STUDIES TRACE POLICE EMPLOYEE EFFORTS TO ORGANIZE STRONG UNIONS IN NEW YORK CITY, DETROIT, MICH., AND ATLANTA, GA., DURING THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. THE TRANSFORMATION OF PATROLMEN'S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK FROM A PRESSURE GROUP TO A DE FACTO UNION IS EXAMINED, ALONG WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS ORGANIZATION AND ATLANTA'S FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR (AFL). FINALLY, THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF POWER AND WEALTH IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY ARE DISCUSSED, INCLUDING THE DIFFUSION OF MANAGEMENT'S CONTROL, INCREASED BUDGETARY COSTS, AND HEIGHTENED CONFLICT AMONG PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, ADMINISTRATORS, ELECTED OFFICIALS, CLIENTS, AND TAXPAYERS. REFERENCES ARE FOOTNOTED. AN INDEX IS PROVIDED. (KBL)
Index Term(s): Case studies; Georgia (USA); Michigan; New York; Police personnel; Unions
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